Here's How Apple Planned The Construction Of Its Huge, Environmentally Friendly Headquarters

Screen Shot 2014 04 22 at 10.07.19 AMScreenshotA closeup of the model for Apple’s new headquarters

A new video detailing the planning and environmental considerations being put into Apple’s new Cupertino headquarters has leaked.

Apple’s plans for a second headquarters were approved in 2012 by Cupertino city council and development is already well underway.

Once complete (sometime in 2016), it will be an environmentally friendly building filled with green space. Let’s see how it came to be that way.

You may remember seeing the concept art for Apple's shiny new headquarters-to-come.

It's 260,000 square meters, and it notably resembles some sort of spaceship.

Just check out this view from above.

When first presented with plans for the building, this Cupertino councilman said 'the mothership has landed in Cupertino.'

Here's Norman Foster, the lead architect Steve Jobs hired with the aim of building 'the best office building in the world.'

Steve Jobs told Foster, 'Don't think of me as your client. Think of me as one of your team.'

Foster suggests that the new headquarters is inspired by the campus at Stanford University...

...and also the landscape that Jobs grew up with. Foster said Jobs remembers it as 'the fruit bowl of America.'

David Muffly is a senior arborist at Apple and is overseeing all tree-related matters with the new headquarters.

When Apple was first built in the 1970s, there were few trees, mostly non-indigenous.

They will be replanted and added to the new campus.

It's a move that Lisa Jackson, VP of Environmental Initiatives at Apple, is thrilled by.

Plans call for an overwhelming 80% of the new headquarters to be green space.

And because the Californian weather is so desirable, natural ventilation in the building means it won't need heat or air conditioning for 75% of the year.

The new campus will also run entirely on renewable energy. It will employ one of the largest solar arrays in the world.

The design is so forward-thinking that Stefan Behling says the actual construction will use a number of building techniques that have never been used before.

'The facade will be new, the glazing is a completely new system, never been done before,' he said.

It will eventually all come together to look like this model, but on a much larger scale.

Here's the full video below:

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The new headquarters was one of Steve Jobs' last projects.

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